Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch vs Basic

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life, Recharge time and boot-up

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from theverge.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch  based on its performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 14 hour Around 2.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
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Has an app store Kindle Store vs None Most E-Readers don't have an app store
Significantly thinner 8.7 mm vs 12 mm Around 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (NOOK Book Store) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.03 s 2.1x faster page turns
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Lighter weight 170 g vs 212 g Around 20% lighter weight
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.27 M book (NOOK Book Store) More than 20% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch  vs
Kindle Basic 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser No Yes
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 1.26 GB 1.25 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and soft-touch rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 165.8 x 114.5 x 8.7 mm
Weight 212 g 170 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

NOOK Simple Touch  vs
Kindle Basic 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
ePUB
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore NOOK Book Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations Yes No
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
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